Gurucul Returns to Compete in 5th ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards


As networks grow and threats continue to increase, security teams are overwhelmed with security event information.

In fact, according to recent research, 45% of security alerts are false positives, and 75% of companies spend an equal amount of time addressing them as they do actual attacks.

As a result, Security Incident & Event Management (SIEM) plays a major role for enterprises looking to reduce the overall security attack surface (and false positives) and resource burdens on security teams.

But as attackers get more sophisticated and networks become more complex, SIEM tools must evolve as well.

Conventional SIEM technologies focus on Events, providing filtering, rules, and basic analytics to display events. Unfortunately, most SIEM products still deluge the Security Operations team with a flood of information, which makes it hard to prioritize events by their actual risk.

The conventional SIEM paradigm is to present Events and Incidents, as identified by rules-based analytics, without context.

But Gurucul takes a different approach to SIEM.

Gurucul’s Next-Gen SIEM is cloud-native, built for speed and scale, and helps to modernize security operations by delivering ultra-high-fidelity detection and automated response.

There’s nothing like it on the market today. It leverages over 2500 Machine Learning Models powered by data science to produce actionable risk intelligence.

It doesn’t rely on signatures, rules, or patterns.

It allows organizations to identify zero-day threats in real-time and is designed to provide both contextual and situational awareness to detect and stop malicious behavior before cyber criminals or rogue insiders can do harm.

In fact, for this reason, Gurucul debuted as a Visionary in Gartner’s most recent 2021 Gartner SIEM Magic Quadrant.

The product includes a variety of key features, including a cutting-edge lightweight SaaS architecture with cloud elasticity and predictable costs, real-time threat detection, the industry’s most advanced data science-powered Machine Learning behavior analytics, and the market’s largest most diverse security content library.

Furthermore, its advanced and intuitive UX provides contextual investigation and intelligent timeline views, blazing fast searches, and risk-based responses.

The open, flexible, and extensible platform also unifies SIEM, XDR, UEBA, SOAR, NTA, and Identity and Access Analytics with a single seamless and consolidated view. It supports an open choice of big data repositories and can be deployed flexibly on any leading big data infrastructure.

This protects existing IT investments, eliminates data duplication, and reduces storage fees. Customers can simply layer Gurucul’s advanced security analytics engine on top of their existing or new Hadoop, Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Elastic/ELK deployments.

What does that mean?

It means analysts don’t need to use multiple products or different interfaces to access the full functionality of Gurucul Next-Gen SIEM; it’s one unified platform to detect, investigate and respond to all cyber risks.

It also means flexible deployment with cloud-native, hybrid or easy on-premises implementations. Data pipelines with hundreds of agents, agentless or cloud connectors so customers can ingest all legacy or proprietary data (and the ability to ingest unlimited historical and real-time data with long-term retention).

Gurucul’s Next-Gen SIEM delivers guaranteed lower cost and predictability with real-time high-efficiency detection driven by a massive security content library.

It also provides AI-powered contextual threat hunting (that can be analyst optimized), as well as advanced case management, data science, and risk-driven automated response.

And an open analytics builder (called Gurucul STUDIO™) that allows organizations in high-security industries like government, intelligence, law enforcement, etc. to define custom machine learning models to meet their specific requirements, customize risk weightings and develop their own machine learning models without any coding.

Gurucul’s Next-Gen SIEM Critical Capabilities

  • Ingest, interpret, and extract security metadata from any device, application, multi-cloud, etc., supported by user/entity-based licensing and a true self-training machine learning engine
  • Go beyond other “cloud-supported” solutions to work 100% in any cloud environment and detect dangerous threat activity that is purposely spread across multi-cloud environments to obscure the scope of the overall attack campaign
  • Detect threats in real-time automatically out-of-the-box with included threat content for an immediate time to value
  • Gather threat-specific contextual information based on Endpoint, Log, Identity-Access, IoT, Poly-Cloud, User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA), and DLP analytics (both network and email) together in real-time to accelerate detection and enrich context for the SOC
  • Leverage an industry-leading 2500+ customizable machine learning models that are unique in being open and transparent versus black box and obscured
  • Apply risk scoring across all telemetry and analytics for prioritization of investigations and response
  • Accelerate remediation through choice of Gurucul’s SOAR with risk and context-driven dynamic playbooks that are targeted and high-fidelity or working with 3rd party SOAR solutions
Key Benefits of Gurucul’s Next-Gen SIEM Include:

Gurucul Next-Gen SIEM

  • Reduce the noise and false positives with extensive context
  • Collect and store massive amounts of data without performance impact
  • Enhance the value of existing security technology investments
  • Deliver rapid time to value with out-of-the-box threat content and integrations

Drastically reduce overall operational expenses while improving efficiency of security operations with SIEM as the foundation:

  • Support more data ingestion, that is currently inhibited by licensing costs, heavy customization for new data sources, storage limitations, and poor analytics leading to too many alerts and false positives
  • Reduce threat detection time from weeks or months to minutes or hours through automation
  • Reduce manual effort through automation of tasks and prioritization of remediation actions with a rich level of context
  • Improve analyst efficiency and accelerate training through open and transparent models, gathered context, and clear response recommendations leading to improved TCO
  • Quickly identify and address new, emerging, and unknown threats that evade most rule-based ML solutions, and rely on updates which could take weeks or months to develop
  • Reduce capex and opex based on licensing, storage, improving team efficiency and enabling better training for junior analysts leading to the need for less resources and less burnout/churn

Finally, Gurucul’s SIEM is built to scale. Many agencies have over 250,000 employees.

One health insurance customer uses Gurucul to analyze 8 million identities and 500 big data nodes. Another health insurer is using Gurucul to apply advanced analytics to over 15 million identities belonging to employees, partners, and customers.

A large financial institution has deployed Gurucul advanced security analytics with its custom cloud big data lake on AWS to risk score access and activity, reduce access risks, and detect unknown threats.

Privileged Access Violations and Insider Threat Monitoring

Go beyond current SIEM solutions to identify privileged access violations and misuse by detecting gaps in access policies and/or stolen credentials.

Gurucul’s award-winning UEBA detects identity-based access violations based on external and internal threats. For internal threat monitoring, Gurucul Next-Gen SIEM leverages other telemetry and analytics to identify insider threats, including activity such as data exfiltration.

For additional information on Gurucul’s Next-Gen SIEM, please visit, view the Gurucul Next-Gen SIEM datasheet at, and see Gurucul’s Critical Infrastructure Executive Overview at

To Learn More, see Guruculs On-Demand Webinars ‘How to Optimize SOC Operations with a Next-Gen SIEM‘ featuring Sanjay Raja, Gurucul’s VP of Product Marketing and Solutions, and ‘The Benefits of a Cloud Native SIEM.

Los Angeles-based Gurucul is a global cyber security company that is changing the way organizations protect their most valuable assets, data, and information from insider and external threats both on-premises and in the cloud.

Gurucul technology is used by Global 1000 companies and government agencies to fight cybercrimes, IP theft, insider threat, and account compromise, as well as for log aggregation, compliance, and risk-based security orchestration and automation for real-time extended detection and response.

Gurucul’s real-time Cloud-Native Security Analytics and Operations Platform provide customers with Next Generation SIEM, XDR, UEBA, and Identity Analytics in a single unified platform, combining machine learning behavior profiling with predictive risk-scoring algorithms to predict, prevent, and detect breaches.

Gurucul Returns to Compete in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon
2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon (starting front row, left to right) SIMS Software President & CEO Michael Struttmann; TENEO Risk Advisory Executive Chairman Commissioner Bill Bratton; NEC National Security Systems President Dr. Kathleen Kiernan; TSA Administrator David Pekoske; Fortior Solutions General Counsel Katherine Cowan; NEC Corporation of America Senior Vice President & Chief Experience Officer Raffie Beroukhim; TENEO Risk Advisory Chief of Staff David Cagno; Infragard National Board Member Doug Farber, Lumina Analytics Co-Founder & Chairman Allan Martin, and AMAROK Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Mike Dorrington.

American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards highlight the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

The United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.

In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.


at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon at ISC East.
AST Honors Thomas Richardson, FDNY Chief of Department; Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems; and Richard Blatus, FDNY Assistant Chief of Operations, at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon at ISC East.
Our keynote speaker TSA Administrator David Pekoske
TSA Administrator David Pekoske addressing attendees at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon in New York City on November 17, 2021. (Be sure to see AST Exclusive Interview, facilitated by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan HERE.)

Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.

Commissioner Bill Bratton signing copies of his latest work, ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon. (Be sure to see AST Exclusive Interview with Comm Bratton, facilitated by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan HERE.)

Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.

The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by New PLATINUM SPONSORNEC National Security Systems (NSS), New Premier Sponsors Rajant Corporation, and guardDog AI, and returning Sponsors ATI SystemsAutomatic SystemsRX Global, and SIMS Software!

The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program will emphasize the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders. #MentorshipMatters

So be on the lookout for exciting upcoming announcements of Speakers, Presenters, Book Signing Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in November of 2022 in New York City!

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:
Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products COVID Innovations
Workforce Management Government Security Programs And Many Others to Choose From!
Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at:

Team TSA
Honoring the 20th anniversary of the Transportation Security Administration (Team TSA at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon.)

In 2021 over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:

Register for the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Luncheon Today
In a typical year, DEAC Sabatino oversees the facilitation of legitimate travel for more than 410 million travelers in the air, land, and maritime environments.
Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

American Security Today is delighted to announce, that Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will be the opening keynote speaker at the much-anticipated 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon, on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022.

American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.

To take advantage of this exclusive luncheon opportunity to invite your team, guests, clients, and show visitors to a gourmet, affordable, plated meal event in the heart of New York City, for a fabulous networking opportunity!

Go to to secure your seat or reserve a table. ***Limited space available so Register Today. There will be no on-site registrations.

The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

Your ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon registration includes complimentary attendee access to ISC East where you can meet the world’s most innovative suppliers and cyber experts, immerse yourself in hands-on tech and learn from world-renowned speakers and thought-leaders.

Why American Security Today?

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast-changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State, and local levels of government as well as firms allied to the government.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that hold readers’ eyes throughout the story with cutting-edge editorial that provides solutions to their challenges.

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AST Digital Publications are distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals, in federal, state, local, and private security sectors.


AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website, and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to a large number of persons and resources clustered together.

To learn more about ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, please see the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2021 ‘A Year in Review’.

The CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of Annual ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firm’s products and services, including video interviews and more.


It serves as your Go-To Source throughout the year for The Best of 2021 Products and Services endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and/or organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.

From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

  • For a complete list of 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners, begin HERE.

For more information on All Things American Security Today, as well as the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, please contact Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at

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